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Trial ends with probation after man pleads guilty

The trial of a man charged with drug possession ended Tuesday after he pleaded guilty and was given a probated sentence by a jury.

Billy Baigen, of Levelland was given five years probation after he pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, less than one gram of methamphetamine.

Baigen, 37,will automatically serve two years in a state jail facility if he violates the terms of his community supervision, said District Attorney Christopher Dennis.

After pleading guilty, the defendant took the option of going befoa jury for punishment.

The prosecution called one police officer to the stand during the punishment phase of the trial.

Baigen was charged with having .56 of a gram of meth in his possession on Oct. 24, 2012.

He allegedly had the drug in his possession while in the garage of his 10th Street home. His wife and children were inside the home at the time, according to records.

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